KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – Bengal’s popular game cricket was instrumental to bring together some 130 families of children studying in a Kolkata school for a day long tournament and fellowship. Running in its 20th year, this annual event christened Daddy Cricket was the idea of a cricket lover Principal Fr K.T. Thomas (RIP) of Don Bosco School Park Circus, Kolkata.
The sponsor of the event was Kolkata’s leading Jewelers, P.C. Chandra Group with CEO Mr. Proshanto Chandra himself present all through the day.
“It is in deed a day long picnic with sports and camaraderie for all of us to interact with Don Bosco Fathers, parents and children,” said founder member of the tournament Mr Tapan Das (1968 batch) who coordinated and supervised the entire event.
“Most of us are new to each other and the day long tournament helps us bond with each other,” he added introducing friends he made through Daddy Cricket over the last 20 years.
Fr Rector reminded all about the tournament being an occasion to help build the educative community consisting of teachers, parents and children bonding together through sports in the educative atmosphere of the playfield.
The day started at 8 am Sunday 5th February, with registration of daddies of children studying at DBPC. Rector & Principal Fr Siby helped form the teams through lucky draw. After the inaugural session at 9 am, eight teams started off their tournament playing two sets of matches simultaneously, six overs each inning.
While daddies were busy playing in the main field, children formed teams and kept themselves occupied playing cricket all over the campus.
Mummies who came along sat under umbrellas and in the two pavilions cheering daddies. During the course of the day, mummies had several competitive events with attractive prizes.
The finals were held in the main pitch, with eight overs each inning. The event concluded by 5 pm with the prize distribution ceremony and principal announcing next year’s Daddy Cricket date, 3rd February 2013.
The school also has Daddy Football tournament, attracting another set of sport lovers.